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Second SSD doesn't appear in Disk Management [SOLVED]
My RMA on my MSI G45 came and it works (thankfully) and mostly everything is working properly....

But....my second (older SATA II) SSD doesn't show up. Windows 7 sees and can read it as an external drive when I connect it via USB, but it doesn't show up in disk management.

I have a new SATA III SSD as my OS drive.

Any ideas why?
Last edited by 100% Recycled Awesome; Oct 19, 2013 @ 11:45pm
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_I_ (Banned) Oct 18, 2013 @ 10:41pm 
does it show up in bios?
Okay. Tried some stuff.

Shows up in bios but won't let me select it as a boot drive. My mobo even lets me check what device is plugged into what port and it sees the secondary SSD.

When I load up Windows, it appears in my computer but when I go to open it, my system hangs and any software accessing it including disk management crash.

However, when I remove the disk as an external, everything is hunky dory, not problems, no crashing, nothing wrong.

I ran the Sandisk Toolkit and there's no new firmware.

What gives? I'm really baffled here what's going on.

Drive is physically fine, it's just Windows is having a severe problem treating it like any other drive.

Could it be that I have two SSDs from two different companies?
_I_ (Banned) Oct 18, 2013 @ 11:11pm 
in bios is it set to ahci mode?
Originally posted by _I_:
in bios is it set to ahci mode?

Yes.
_I_ (Banned) Oct 18, 2013 @ 11:21pm 
was it in an external usb enclosure?
or esata with or without an enclosure

edit: nevermind

some usb enclosures change the file system format slightly
you may need to back it up via usb, then install it as internal, then format it again
Last edited by _I_; Oct 18, 2013 @ 11:29pm
I used one of those SATA to USB connectors.

It's empty, I formatted it (which was the plan). My system crashes before I can get a format off as an internal.

I may try to install Windows on it, don't register and then see if the existing Windows Install will read it without crashing. Then I could do a format from there. That's all I can come up with.
_I_ (Banned) Oct 19, 2013 @ 4:06am 
when its plugged into usb, try to unpartition it, then partition from windows as sata
Last edited by _I_; Oct 19, 2013 @ 4:07am
Tried that. No dice. Deleted the partition, then formated it and it still disappearing.
itcheytoplay Oct 19, 2013 @ 6:35pm 
same thing happened to me all i did was install it on the computer than booted up into windows install. format the ssd in install mode but didnt install windows 7 on it exit install and rebooted computer than used my old ssd as a a drve for only games works like a charm
Last edited by itcheytoplay; Oct 19, 2013 @ 6:37pm
Originally posted by itcheytoplay:
same thing happened to me all i did was install it on the computer than booted up into windows install. format the ssd in install mode but didnt install windows 7 on it exit install and rebooted computer than used my old ssd as a a drve for only games works like a charm

Alright, I'll try that. Man, this is a devilish Gremlin.

It's the last real problem I have to sort out on my new rig.
Damnit. Didn't work. But I did get a message saying that the controller may be disabled.

Could that be why Windows doesn't see it but BIOS does?

My Bios is already set to ACHI, how do I enable it specifically on one drive?
Last edited by 100% Recycled Awesome; Oct 19, 2013 @ 7:57pm
Figured it out. Had to change in my BIOS the SATA port to Hotswap for Windows to read it reliably.
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Date Posted: Oct 18, 2013 @ 8:36pm
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